Musical performance of Sabah rituals through Sabah Fest 2014 – A Cultural Extravaganza ‘AKI NABALU’

Musical performance of Sabah rituals through Sabah Fest 2014 – A Cultural Extravaganza ‘AKI NABALU’

Musical performance of Sabah rituals through

Sabah Fest 2014 – A Cultural Extravaganza ‘AKI NABALU’


Kota Kinabalu, 22 April 2014 – The much awaited cultural extravaganza – Sabah Fest returns with another spectacular show highlighting Sabah’s diverse people, cultures and traditions. The musical performance ‘AKI NABALU’ will be held on the 2nd to 4th of May at the Auditorium of Kompleks Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara Sabah, starting at 8pm.

Religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. Take a journey back in time to witness the art of rituals as Sabah Fest this year showcases six ethnic groups in Sabah that rely on Mount Kinabalu as a central feature in their traditional, cultural and religious beliefs.

The Kadazandusun community opens the curtain with the Pampang, which tells of the origin of Mount Kinabalu and mankind. They believe that Mount Kinabalu was created by the female supreme deity, Umunsumundu, while the male supreme deity, Kinoingan or Kinahoringan, created the sky. Imbued with its mythical elements, Mount Kinabalu is featured predominantly in local folklore, still holding sway in both the spiritual and secular life of many indigenous communities. The show will then feature the Dusun Ranau  ritual, the Monolob, appeasing the Spirits of the Aki Nabalu. A rice-honouring ritual known as the Humabot  is then performed by the Kadazan people of Penampang. This ritual is conducted to summon the spirit of the Bambaazon.

The Bajau, Dusun Tindal and Iranun will then gather at the meeting point or Badi, today known as the Tamu  or open-air market. During all these social gatherings, Mount Kinabalu has stood tall and majestic serving as a backdrop as the people went on with their daily lives. The audience will also be treated to the Mogkodim do hatod, the Rungus ritual performed to call upon the spirit of a sick person. The Dusun Lotud will perform Mohlukas, a housewarming ceremony. The spectacular Sabah Fest stage performance wraps up with a healing ritual of the Murut Nabai, called Mansilad.

In addition, this three-day event will also highlight our Sabah’s culture through traditional music and dance performances of various ethnic groups from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Sabah Fest is also the perfect time see Sabah’s talented craft-makers and artisans at work. Visit Kadaiku – Sabah Souvenirs and Handicrafts at Sinsuran Complex in Kota Kinabalu throughout the month and meet weavers, bead makers, musicians and artists from around Sabah. You can also purchase art pieces and uniquely Sabahan crafts during the exhibition.

In conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014 (VMY2014), Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. also collaborates with shopping malls to have 30 minutes Sabah Fest 2014 Pocket Shows, to showcase the traditional culture, music, and dances in the month May.

Don’t miss this annual premier event, showcasing Sabah’s vibrant cultural heritage, history and tradition in the form of thrilling theatrical performances, dance and music. Find out more at

Tickets for the stage performance are available at RM50 per show. Show starts at 8:00pm. For more information, please contact Susan Shahira, Event Manager of Sri Pelancongan Sabah at telephone number +6088-232121, fax to +6088-265540 or email Visit

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